WORCESTER Warriors have made six changes to the starting line-up ahead of tomorrow’s all-important European Challenge Cup battle with Connacht at Sixways (3pm).

Head coach Carl Hogg has kept nine players from the team that lost 46-25 at home to Bath in the Aviva Premiership last week.

Warriors search for a win to put one foot in the door of the cup knockout stages.

Perry Humphreys, Dean Hammond, Jamie Shillcock, Simon Kerrod, Darren Barry and Pierce Phillips are all called up for the clash.

Humphreys and Hammond are handed starts on the wing while in-form Josh Adams, who won the Premiership Player of the Month award earlier this week, moves to full-back.

Chris Pennell makes the switch to the centres to join Ryan Mills while Francois Hougaard lines up with Shillcock in the half-back combination.

In the pack, Kerrod lines up with Ethan Waller and Jack Singleton in the front row with Barry and Phillips in the second row.

Skipper GJ van Velze leads the side from the back row joined by David Denton and Sam Lewis.

In the replacements, Matt Cox could be set for his first Warriors showing since September following a bicep injury.

Matti Williams, Biyi Alo, Huw Taylor and Ben Howard are called up to the bench.

Warriors have not reached the knockout stages of Europe since 2009, a season where they went on to the semi-finals.

Irish internationals Ultan Dillane, Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion return to Kieran Keane’s Connacht side.

A win for Connacht will secure top spot in Pool Five and a place in the quarter-finals with a game to spare.

With James Cannon ruled out with injury, Dillane’s return will be a boost to the pack which includes loosehead Peter McCabe, who made his first start against Munster, and tighthead Conor Carey.

In the back row Eoghan Masterson returns at blindside having been rested last week.

Captain John Muldoon, who played in Connacht’s last victory at Sixways in 2009, starts at number eight.

Scrum-half Marmion returns to form a new half-back pairing with Craig Ronaldson as Jack Carty is rested from the match-day 23 after a hectic Christmas schedule.

The backline is also boosted by Aki’s return where he will play alongside Tom Farrell.

The back three includes Tiernan O’Halloran at full-back and Darragh Leader and Niyi Adeolokun on the wings.

Cian Kelleher is included among the replacements having returned from injury this week.

Warriors: Adams; Humphreys, Pennell, Mills, Hammond; Shillcock, Hougaard; Waller, Singleton, Kerrod, Barry, Phillips, Denton, Lewis, van Velze. Replacements: Williams, Bower, Alo, Taylor, Cox, Dowsett, Olver, Howard.

Connacht: O’Halloran; Leader, Aki, Farrell, Adeolokun; Ronaldson, Marmion; McCabe, Heffernan, Carey, Dillane, Roux, Masterson, Butler, Muldoon. Replacements: Delahunt, Coulson, Robertson-McCoy, Thornbury, Dawai, Blade, Griffin, Kelleher.